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September 4, 2012 3:25:21 AM

Please rate my build for me if you want, 1-10, 10 being highest. everything cost me in the $1750-2000 range

Asus p8z77-v deluxe
i5 3570k
corsair h60 water cooler
evga gtx 580
corsair 750 watt psu
nzxt phantom 410 mid tower case
16gb g.skill 1600mhz ram
ocz vertex 4 128gb ssd
1tb caviar blue wd10ealx 7200rpm 32mb cache hdd
win7 home premium
asus 24X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
2 asus 23 inch 1080p monitor
logitech mk710 keyboard+ mouse combo
logitech ls21 speakers
steelseries qck gaming mousepad

edit: this build is existing but it is relatively new, i got most of the parts for much cheaper than retail, the $1750-2000 i put up there is the combined retail prices, i got most of all this for probably around $1250

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September 4, 2012 3:26:10 AM

Is this an existing build or not? There's absolutely no point in purchasing an H60 or a GTX 580 anymore. And the mouse pad is a complete waste of money. For that kind of money I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1221.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 23:26 EDT-0400)

With the difference you can buy a nice monitor and whatever peripherals you want.

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September 4, 2012 3:33:45 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Is this an existing build or not? There's absolutely no point in purchasing an H60 or a GTX 580 anymore. And the mouse pad is a complete waste of money. For that kind of money I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1221.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 23:26 EDT-0400)

With the difference you can buy a nice monitor and whatever peripherals you want.

* I would even go for a 256 gb SSD to have room for several games and plenty of room for other apps. Just my personal preference though.
* Might also consider a BluRay player/burner, if the OP uses BluRay's.
* The case is a bit much, but is a quality one, so to each their own. I like the CM 690 II case or even the HAF series ones myself. They are about $60-80, so not much savings there, but are other options to consider.
* I'd consider the 7870 for ~290 or a 7950 for ~$350, but that is just my opinion. See Tom's best GPU's for the $ here.
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September 4, 2012 3:35:33 AM

yeah its an existing build and haha my old mousepad was some garbage staples mousepad and i got this one for like 10 bucks on amazon
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September 4, 2012 3:58:24 AM

lunyone said:
* I would even go for a 256 gb SSD to have room for several games and plenty of room for other apps. Just my personal preference though.
* Might also consider a BluRay player/burner, if the OP uses BluRay's.
* The case is a bit much, but is a quality one, so to each their own. I like the CM 690 II case or even the HAF series ones myself. They are about $60-80, so not much savings there, but are other options to consider.
* I'd consider the 7870 for ~290 or a 7950 for ~$350, but that is just my opinion. See Tom's best GPU's for the $ here.


I've been arguing quite a bit that the 670 and 7970 are pretty much dead even in terms of performance. On gaming builds - all leftover funds go to the GPU - and there really isn't much debate about that around here.

I personally don't recommend SSDs over 128GB as the cost per GB on larger drives just isn't worth it. They're being reduced in price but until a 512GB SSD is in the same price range that the 256GBs are now, it's not worth it.

BD-R burners I only put in builds if there's a large budget, the build is connected to a large HDTV, or that the OP specifically requests it - not a necessity to the build.

I'm personally not a fan of the CM 690 as it's quite a bit dated, there's far newer and better ones out there and I just chose the Antec 1100 because it has a lot of good features for the price and can support larger motherboards - something the CM 690 and HAF series cannot.
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September 4, 2012 4:05:07 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I've been arguing quite a bit that the 670 and 7970 are pretty much dead even in terms of performance. On gaming builds - all leftover funds go to the GPU - and there really isn't much debate about that around here.

BD-R burners I only put in builds if there's a large budget, the build is connected to a large HDTV, or that the OP specifically requests it - not a necessity to the build.

I'm personally not a fan of the CM 690 as it's quite a bit dated, there's far newer and better ones out there and I just chose the Antec 1100 because it has a lot of good features for the price and can support larger motherboards - something the CM 690 and HAF series cannot.

* I'm with you on the BluRay drive, just mentioned it in case the OP forgot that option.
* I like the CM 690 II case, but that is just me (like I pointed out). To each his own when it comes to cases, but all of the cases mentioned are good ones and won't dis-appoint. I am now looking into reasonable cases w/front USB 3.0 ports, so that would be my preference at this point. I do like the CM and Antec cases in general, but I've been looking at Rosewill cases. Haven't done enough research on them yet, but they look promising. Here is a Rosewill Ranger case for $50 w/front USB 3.0 ports, just as an example.
* The SSD size I think is best around 256 gb's. I have a 120 gb SSD and I just can't seem to find enough room for a few games w/W7 Ultimate and my music to be stored on it (I push upwards of 80-90 gb's with those options). If you are using the SSD for booting purposes than I'd agree with the 128 gb size. I just like to benefit from the SSD for more than booting time. That is why I'd consider a 256 gb SSD. Crucial M4's were selling around ~$180 or so for the 256 gb size, but I haven't been looking recently for deals. If I didn't get a SSD than I'd probably get get 2 x 1 TB 7200 rpm HD's and RAID 0 them, but that is just me.
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September 4, 2012 4:07:23 AM

lunyone said:
* I'm with you on the BluRay drive, just mentioned it in case the OP forgot that option.
* I like the CM 690 II case, but that is just me (like I pointed out). To each his own when it comes to cases, but all of the cases mentioned are good ones and won't dis-appoint. I am now looking into reasonable cases w/front USB 3.0 ports, so that would be my preference at this point. I do like the CM and Antec cases in general, but I've been looking at Rosewill cases. Haven't done enough research on them yet, but they look promising. Here is a Rosewill Ranger case for $50 w/front USB 3.0 ports, just as an example.


Rosewill I can give or take. Case choice is a lot of personal preference but there's some brands in the $50 - $90 that no one should ever purchase (Apevia, Raidmax, Xion, Xclio, etc). On a build with that kind of budget - why not get a case that really shows it off?
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September 4, 2012 4:16:31 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Rosewill I can give or take. Case choice is a lot of personal preference but there's some brands in the $50 - $90 that no one should ever purchase (Apevia, Raidmax, Xion, Xclio, etc). On a build with that kind of budget - why not get a case that really shows it off?

I totally agree with you there. I tend to save some $ on the case ($40-80 assuming it's a quality one and has good cooling options) and use the extra $ for GPU upgrades or whatever needs upgrading. Or just save the $ on the build and use the extra $ on something else (games, wife, etc.).

* Forgot to mention that the Corsair 300 (I've built a build with this case) is a pretty decent case for the $ and comes with 2 x USB 3.0 ports :) 
$80 - $20 MIR = $60!!
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

or for $100 + $10 shipping = $110
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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September 4, 2012 5:35:26 PM

lunyone said:
I totally agree with you there. I tend to save some $ on the case ($40-80 assuming it's a quality one and has good cooling options) and use the extra $ for GPU upgrades or whatever needs upgrading. Or just save the $ on the build and use the extra $ on something else (games, wife, etc.).

* Forgot to mention that the Corsair 300 (I've built a build with this case) is a pretty decent case for the $ and comes with 2 x USB 3.0 ports :) 
$80 - $20 MIR = $60!!
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

or for $100 + $10 shipping = $110
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case


Corsair makes excellent cases - I have the Graphite 600T and it's excellent.
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